10 Major Pieces

The Treasury exhibition explores fifteen centuries of Irish artistic achievement. We have selected ten objects from the exhibition that best represent the range of skills and styles of decoration used from the Iron Age to the end of the early medieval period.


Broighter Collar

Broighter Collar

The most sumptuous Irish Iron Age gold collar was found in a hoard of gold objects close to the ancient shore of Lough Foyle at Broighter, Co. Derry.

Loughnashade Horn

Loughnashade Horn

This important Iron Age artefact is possibly linked to the Ulster Kings at Emain Macha.

Derrynaflan Chalice

Derrynaflan Chalice

This chalice dates from the early 9th century AD and was found in 1980 on a monastic site at Derrynaflan, Co. Tipperary

Derrynaflan Silver Paten

Derrynaflan Silver Paten

This silver paten, like the Derrynaflan Chalice, is part of a hoard of altar vessels found at Derrynaflan, Lurgoe, Co. Tipperary.

Tara Brooch

Tara Brooch

This silver-gilt annular brooch, found at Bettystown, Co. Meath is elaborately decorated on both faces.

The Ardagh Chalice

The Ardagh Chalice

This silver chalice, originally found at Reerasta, Ardagh, Co. Limerick was used for dispensing Eucharistic wine during the celebration of Mass.

The Bell of St. Patrick and its Shrine

The Bell of St. Patrick and its Shrine

The Bell of St. Patrick and its Shrine dates respectively from the 8th-9th century AD and circa AD 1100

The Lismore Crozier

The Lismore Crozier

The Lismore Crozier was discovered at Lismore Castle in the 19th Century, and dates from 1100 AD.

The Cross of Cong

The Cross of Cong

The Cross of Cong was made in 1123 to encase a fragment of the True Cross that was brought to Ireland and displayed in different places around the country. The cross is so-called because it was kept in the Augustinian Friary at Cong, county Mayo, for centuries.

The Faddan More Psalter

The Faddan More Psalter

The Book of Psalms known as the Faddan More Psalter, dates from approximately AD 800.